I have a confession to make.
I can’t be sure, but I think it possible that I may have been infected.
About three weeks ago, around the time I drove my wife to Brest to catch her plane to UK, I began to feel ill. I’ve had ‘rhume-y’ symptoms for months, and put it down to my age (81) and raised susceptibility, but this feeling was worse.
I began to feel very, very fatigued, and had to retire to bed during the day, just flopping down on the bed fully-clothed and pulling the covers over me to fall into an exhausted sleep. When I woke I felt disoriented and dizzy, my head felt full of sand. I haven’t taken any alcohol for weeks. I also developed chilblains on my knuckles and ears.
A few days later I walked to town to do a little shopping. On the way I felt very leaden-footed and short of breath, but I persevered. I did think perhaps I was going to die. When I got home I went to bed.
Later that week I noticed that I had developed oedema in my feet. I tested the puffiness by applying finger pressure to the dwelling and noticed that it left a clear indentation. This can be a sign of incipient heart failure. I thought of visiting my MT but decided not to, as I had a routine 3 monthly RDV in ten days time. I noticed also that I had a raised pulse, and was conscious when lying supine that I was conscious of my heart pumping, as if I had been running. I took my BP which was moderately raised, the systolic pressure 140 mm/HG. This didn’t concern me as my BP is labile but generally within the normal range when I relax.
I developed itchy eyes, but no noticeable cough or fever. However the fatigue and malaise was very pronounced, and I had very little energy, and my head felt thick and worryingly ‘wrong’. I continued to think that I might be nearing my death, but was not worried at the prospect.
Over the last ten days or so I have felt better, and have been able to enjoy cycling to town and doing some digging in the garden. The oedema has disappeared and my breathing is easy. I still have periods of sudden fatigue but they are less incapacitating than they were before.
I think I may have had Covid 19, but have not said anything to my MT whom I met very briefly to renew my prescription for antidepressant pills which I have taken for nearly 20 years and can’t come off, though I’ve tried. My MT advises me not to try, but fear they may be rotting my brain.
Has anyone else had symptoms attributable to Covid 19? I think they may not be as pronounced or consistent as is sometimes suggested. BTW I have self isolated but have worn a visor and sanitised my hands when visiting the local shops. I carry my own small flask of bactericidal/viricidal gel for the purpose.
I think my widower neighbour has had similar symptoms at around the same time. He has had a chronic cough since mid January, and fatigue too. We have spent a lot of time in each others’ company over the winter months, but my wife has mainly overwintered in UK, and has not reported Covid symptoms, but she wouldn’t anyway, knowing I was powerless to help. She is 100% pragmatic and not sentimental like that.